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Mayors Send Open Letter to Presidential Candidates Urging Immigration Reform

A national coalition of mayors, Cities for Action, sent an open letter on July 26, 2016, to “the next President of the United States” calling for immigration reform. The letter urges leaders from both the Democratic and Republican parties to commit to supporting immigration reform in the first 100 days of the next presidency, including… Read More

Justice Dept. Petitions Supreme Court for Rehearing of U.S. v. Texas

The Department of Justice (DOJ) petitioned the Supreme Court on July 18, 2016, to rehear U.S. v. Texas when a ninth Supreme Court justice is confirmed. The Court’s deadlock in that case blocked the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) program, which would have allowed undocumented persons who are the parents of… Read More

USCIS Ombudsman’s 2016 Report to Congress Recommends Changes

By statute, the Ombudsman of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) submits an Annual Report to Congress by June 30 of each year. The report summarizes the most pervasive and serious problems encountered by individuals and employers applying for immigration benefits with USCIS. The Annual Report also reviews past recommendations to improve USCIS programs and… Read More

DOJ, El Salvador Announce Antidiscrimination Partnership

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Republic of El Salvador recently announced a formal partnership to protect workers from discrimination based on citizenship, immigration status, and national origin. On June 30, 2016, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta, head of DOJ’s Civil Rights Division, and Salvadoran Ambassador Claudia Canjura De Centeno signed… Read More


Turkey’s new immigration agency, The Migration Directorate, has experienced growing pains. Also, Turkey has declared a state of emergency following recent violent events. New Migration Directorate On April 12, 2014, Law No. 6458, the Law on Foreigners and International Protection, went into effect for the Republic of Turkey. This new law made vast changes to… Read More

Various Categories Oversubscribed for August, State Dept. Reports

The Department of State’s Visa Bulletin for the month of August 2016 reports that various employment-based categories are oversubscribed: India E4 and certain religious workers categories. The bulletin notes that there has been extremely high demand in the EB-4 and SR categories, primarily for Juvenile Court Dependent cases filed with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services… Read More

USCIS Has Returned Unselected FY 2017 H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on July 8, 2016, that it has returned all FY 2017 H-1B cap-subject petitions that were not selected in the agency’s computer-generated random selection process. USCIS previously announced on May 2, 2016, that it had completed data entry of all selected cap-subject petitions. Those who submitted an H-1B… Read More

DHS Extends Designation of El Salvador for Temporary Protected Status for 18 Months

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is extending the designation of El Salvador for temporary protected status (TPS) for 18 months, from September 10, 2016, through March 9, 2018. The 60-day re-registration period began July 8, 2016, and runs through September 6, 2016. DHS said it is important for re-registrants to timely re-register during the… Read More

USCIS Launches ‘Refresh’ of InfoPass Appointment Scheduler

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently launched a “refresh” of InfoPass, an online system that allows users to schedule appointments at USCIS offices. New features include a mapping function that USCIS said makes it easier to find a local office in the United States and a visual style that matches the rest of,… Read More

Justice Dept. Settles Immigration-Related Discrimination Claims Against 121 Residency Programs and AACPM

The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced on June 20, 2016, that it reached agreements with 121 podiatry residency programs and the American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine (AACPM) to resolve claims that they discriminated against work-authorized non-U.S. citizens in violation of the Immigration and Nationality Act. DOJ’s investigations found that between 2013 and 2015,… Read More